I’m going to try something new. Something that I think you’ll find useful, if you’re an app fanatic like me. Once a month, I’ll post a brief overview of the apps I’m using most often.
While I’m an iOS user, many of the apps I use are cross-platform, so this will hopefully be just as useful for my Android friends out there.
To kick things off, let’s take a look at my home screen as it stands right at the time of this blog post. It will be interesting seeing how this changes int he months ahead.
I believe we can learn a lot about someone just by looking at their home screen, because this shows you where their priorities are and what they choose to focus on.
Overall, most of the apps on my home screen are centered around work and productivity. You’ll notice that there aren’t any games here. I’m not a big gamer when it comes to apps.
I just don’t have the time for games, although I occasionally sneak in a round of chess or Words with Friends. But for the most part, my home screen is all about staying productive and getting through the day.
With that being said, let me highlight a few of my favorite apps at the moment.
I have used pretty much every team communications platform on the market, including Yammer and HipChat. However, nothing comes close to the user experience of Slack. They’ve really perfected their chat interface, and the app just keeps getting better with every update.
While I don’t use Slack as much as I could (because it is difficult getting buy-in from folks who aren’t familiar with it), it has certainly allowed me to cut down on emails, which is always a plus.
Oh Feedly, what would I do without you? Once just a simple RSS reader meant to replace Google Reader, Feedly is now a content powerhouse. For me, it is the primary place where I stay up on news, current events, and industry updates for work.
If you want to see some of the other feeds I follow, check out my profile here.
Update: Check out my recent review of Tweetbot 4!
I am a self-admitted twitteraholic. Twitter is my favorite social network, in part because it is so easy to connect with others and strike up a conversation.
One thing I don’t like however, is the official Twitter app for iOS. For me, it’s clunky and not very intuitive. That’s why I use a third-party Twitter client called Tweetbot.
If you’re serious about Twitter, give it a try. You’ll notice a bunch of useful features such as easier list management, more precise notification settings, cooler sounds, and more.
But if you’re seldom on Twitter (or not at all), don’t bother.
I’m not a fan of many of Apple’s default iOS apps, and their Mail app is probably my least favorite of all. That’s why I use a third-party mail app called CloudMagic to organize all of my Gmail accounts (and one really old Yahoo account).
CloudMagic is great for productivity enthusiasts who want to process their inboxes as quickly and efficiently as possible.
With a beautifully simple inbox that focuses on what matters most, as well as integrations with services like Evernote, Asana, Pocket, and Todoist, CloudMagic is one of my most used apps on any given day.
Speaking of Todoist, let me end with this fine productivity app. Hopefully you already have some system in place for remembering what you need to do next. Maybe you’re old fashioned and prefer a pen and paper. That’s perfectly fine.
For me however, I store my personal to-do items in Todoist. This app is relatively new, but it has quickly risen to the top of the personal productivity charts, bolstered by countless favorable reviews.
Todoist makes checking things off your list not only easy, but fun too. They have even tried to gamify the whole process, allowing users to earn points with each successfully completed task.
After checking my email and calendar in the morning, my next stop is usually Todoist, to see what needs to get done today, in which particular order based on priority.
And since I use a variation of David Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology, Todoist lets me review my week and month so nothing falls through the cracks.
That’s all folks
While there are tons of other apps I could cover, I’m going to end the discussion with these five mentioned above for now. Of course, I’d love to hear which apps you use most often.
And if you have any questions about any other apps in particular, just let me know. Send me a tweet and let’s chat. You can even include a screenshot of your home screen while you’re at it!